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Bolanos Brings Back Firepower for 2021

By Patrick Wood, 12/21/20, 12:25PM EST


Looking to Build on Strong First Pro Season

RICHMOND, Va. – (Monday, December 21, 2020) – The Richmond Kickers have re-signed midfielder Jonathan Bolanos for the 2021 season, pending USL League One and USSF approval.
"Jonathan is an exciting attacking player that scored an incredible goal and created others for us in 2020,” said Chief Sporting Officer and Head Coach Darren Sawatzky. “We are thrilled to have his arsenal at our disposal for the coming year. We feel that he will cause havoc to opposing defenses and we should see him climb the scoring charts in 2021."
Making an immediate impact on the season, Bolanos came off the bench at Greenville in the season opener and set up the second goal of the night with his first professional assist. The first two goals of his pro career came as a first half brace against Orlando City B at City Stadium October 7, earning him a spot on USL League One Team of the Week for Week 13. In the 15 matches he played in, Bolanos found a way to be impactful in every chance he could. He led the team in crosses (30) and was tied for third on the roster with 13 chances created throughout the season.
“Being able to return for a second season with the Kickers and play under Coach Darren is a great feeling and another stepping stone in my career,” commented Bolanos. “My first year as a pro I learned a lot from Darren and the rest of the coaching staff and can't wait to continue learning and improving this next year. Playing at City Stadium in front of our amazing fan base was truly an honor and I hope to bring more wins and a trophy to them next year.”
A native of Miramar, Florida, Bolanos played four years at High Point University. He made 74 appearances for the Panthers, including starting in all 20 matches his senior season. Over his collegiate career, Bolanos scored 15 goals and added 10 assists, with a career high five assists in his junior season. Prior to the start of his senior year, Bolanos played in 12 matches with the Des Moines Menace in USL League Two.
“Personally, I am looking forward to helping the team get more wins next year and doing everything I can to bring a trophy to Richmond,” Bolanos continued. “This past year we fought through a lot of adversity and learned a lot about each other and how Darren wants us to play. Learning from that, this next year we will even be stronger and more collective as a unit. I am very excited to be back in Richmond and big things are coming in 2021.”
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